The first image of Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange from the forthcoming WikiLeaks movie, The Fifth Estate, has been released, and it shows us that the Sherlock actor bares an uncanny resemblance to the former fugitive.
The image, which was released via Business Wire, also shows us Daniel Bruhl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who was a web activist that acted as a spokesperson for WikiLeaks.
The Fifth Estate, which was previously known as The Man Who Sold The World, promises to examine how Assange and his crew were able to get hold of the hoard of secret files that contained sensitive materials relating to various organisations around the world.
The movie will be directed by Bill Condon, who most recently helmed Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2 of the Twilight series, but has previously been behind the likes of Gods And Monsters and Kinsey.
Condon recently remarked of the piece, “It may be decades before we understand the full impact of WikiLeaks and how it’s revolutionised the spread of information. So this film won’t claim any long-view authority on its subject, or attempt any final judgement.”
It comes from a script by Josh Singer, who has in the past written for Fringe and The West Wing, and has based his script on two books that are based on the saga, including one which was scribed by Domscheit-Berg himself in 2011, entitled, WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s most Dangerous Website.
It will also features Alicia Vikander, Carice Van Houten, and Dan Stevens, but the official release date is still to be confirmed.